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January 3, 2013
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Grass Valley attorney recognized statewide

The man who handles Grass Valley’s legal matters, City Attorney Michael Colantuono, was named among the Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California for the second year in a row by The Daily Journal, the state’s leading legal newspaper,

Sandra Levin, Colantuono’s law partner, was named as well.

The Daily Journal covers courts and other legal developments with publications in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each year, it identifies 25 municipal lawyers who have made the most significant contributions to public law in the prior year.

The Daily Journal recognized Colantuono for his win in the California Supreme Court in Alhambra and 46 Other Cities v. County of Los Angeles, a case involving excess charges by counties to cities for operating the property tax system.

Perhaps $40 million per year is at stake statewide.

Colantuono said he was honored to have two of his firm’s 14 lawyers recognized at the same time.

“It’s really gratifying that the good work Sandy does and
I do is recognized,” Colantuono said.

The Daily Journal recognized Levin for her leading role in defending local telephone taxes against industry and class action challenges, notably for the city of Los Angeles and on behalf of more than 40 cities in a suit against every city and county in the state that levies a telephone tax.

In addition to representing Grass Valley since October 2011, Colantuono and his firm, Colantuono & Levin, serve Auburn, Barstow, Calabasas, La Habra Heights, Los Alamitos, and Sierra Madre as city attorney and many other counties, cities and special districts as special counsel.

Colantuono is a past president of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities and the State Bar named him the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year in 2010. He also serves as a trustee of the California State Bar.

More information about the Daily Journal and its Top 25 Municipal Lawyers may be found at More information about Colantuono and his firm may be found at

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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The Union Updated Jan 7, 2013 07:35AM Published Jan 8, 2013 07:24AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.